I'm looking for a mildly inexpensive lens for my Nikon D3100 camera, that I can use to take wide field of view photos. My parents got me the AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens for Christmas, but the field of view on it is no different at 35mm, than that of my 18-55mm that came with my camera. Am i going about this wrong? Do i need a fisheye for what i'm trying to do? Please help.
"but the field of view on it is no different at 35mm, than that of my 18-55mm"
The field of view (FOV) of the 35mm f/1.8 will be the same as the FOV of the zoom set to 35mm: 35mm is 35mm. Is the 18mm end of the 18-55mm zoom not wide enough? The 10-24mm or 12-24mm would give you wider, but they may not be what you consider "inexpensive".
Before you resign yourself to spending lots of money, I'd suggest that you checkout used lenses from some of the more dependable outlets such as: KEH, Adorama, B&H, etc. You can often find a lens of your choice at a greatly reduced price.
Don't overlook your local camera store as a source of used, high quality lenses.
Hope this helps.
Bob White San Francisco Bay Area (BWO Brooklyn, N.Y.)
> I guess I'm going to have to spend a good amount of money.
$300 for a good lens is a bargain. If one demands new, the prices start at $500 and go up - way up - from there.
I had the Sigma 10-20/f4-5.6 and found it to be a good lens. 10mm is pretty ultra wide angle; in fact, there are really only a couple of lenses, and only one common one, that are wider: the Sigma 8-16/f4-5.6, which goes for about $800 new and maybe $650 used. There aren't many used ones of this lens in circulation; owners tend to keep them. 8mm is ridiculously wide - it takes some serious re-thinking of composition to use such a lens effectively.
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Also remember that as you go wider, the amount of distortion will also get bigger. If you want wider/panorama shots, try the Brenizer Method. Just google it. This method is about stiching pics but it will enable you to use your standard or telephoto lenses. The only caveat is that you need a photo stiching software.